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Floating gas extraction rig begins service in Israeli waters

Just in time to supply the EU, the newfound energy production should also incentivize competition in Israel’s markets, reducing energy prices and ultimately, reducing prices to everything else.



Energean’s floating gas production rig, Energean Power, has arrived in Israel, mooring near the Shark gas reservoir, about 80 km off the coast of Haifa.

Energean, which holds the gas production licenses from the “Shark(Karish)” and “Crocodile(Tanin)” reservoirs, announced the arrival on Saturday.

Map of Israeli gas fields and disputed waters

Energean will immediately begin anchoring and connecting the rig to the gas wells and piping networks and begin the initial run of various system

The company estimates that commissioning operations will last about 3-4 months until the first gas flow is achieved, which is expected in the third quarter of 2022. Continue Reading »

Italy seeks Israeli-Italian-Egyptian natural gas development & export union


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Exclusive: Representatives of the Italian energy company Eni, that recently discovered gas fields off the Egyptian coast, are expected to meet with Israel’s PM this week on preliminary talks on a tri-national energy accord. 

By Tal Shalev


Italy has proposed a joint Italian-Israeli-Egypt cooperation on natural gas, i24news has learned. Representatives of the Italian energy company Eni are expected to arrive in Israel this week and will be meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz to discuss ideas for joining forces on gas exports to Europe.

The issue was first discussed by Netanyahu and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in their August 30 meeting in Florence, which took place hours after Cairo announced the historic discovery of a natural gas field off the coast of Egypt. Continue Reading »

Germany to build 4 corvette class warships for Israel’s Navy to defend gas rigs

In a major deal with Berlin, announced a day before Israel & Germany mark 50 years of diplomatic relations, they will provide the IDF with 4 vessels to protect Israel’s offshore gas rigs.

By Yoav Zitun


Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen signed a contract Monday under which Israel will purchase four ships from Germany to protect its offshore gas rigs. The total cost of the vessels is estimated at about NIS 1.8 billion. The German government will finance a third of the deal, which was announced a day before Israel and Germany will mark 50 years of diplomatic relations. Continue Reading »

Cyprus, Greece & Israel push for EU gas pipeline link


Cypriot & Greek officials say the pipeline, linking Israel, Cyprus, Italy and Greece, would reinforce the European Union’s energy security with its 8-12 billion cubic meter capacity.

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Israel may have misstepped into intracommunal dispute with gas-partner Cyprus

Visit to Tel Aviv as a keynote speaker by foreign minister of self-styled Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, has angered EU-member Cyprus.


The visit to Israel this week of Özdil Nami, foreign minister of the self-styled Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, has landed Israel in hot water with its ally in the southern part of the divided island.

Özdil Nami

Özdil Nami – Photo Courtesy TRNC Foreign Ministry

Nami was a keynote speaker at the Israel Energy and Business Convention 2014 in Tel Aviv – at exactly the same time that Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was visiting Cyprus and meeting with his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides. Continue Reading »

British energy expert says Israel’s natural gas bonanza is an illusion

Expert says Israel’s export costs to Far East will be much higher than competitors for all-important market, and suggests the LNG be used mainly for Israel’s domestic needs.


The national consensus holds that the discoveries of huge offshore natural gas fields in recent years amount to an economic revolution, one that will put the economy on easy street for generations to come. A leading British energy expert, however, says it’s an illusion.

leviathan - Courtesy Albatross - July 8 2011

Drilling at the Leviathan natural gas field off the Mediterranean shore. – Photo: Courtesy Albatross

“Exporting gas as LNG [liquefied natural gas] is very expensive. Israeli gas isn’t competitive enough to compete with LNG from other countries,” says Nick Butler, one-time senior energy adviser to former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and former vice president for strategy and policy development at British Petroleum Group, in an interview with Globes’ Hedy Cohen.

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Israel’s Leviathan gas field reported 16% larger than previous estimate

Shares in Leviathan partner companies rallied Sunday in Tel Aviv trading upon release of report. Field worth $2.9 billion – $4.4 billion more.

By and Reuters


The size of natural gas reserves in Israel’s Leviathan offshore natural-gas field is 16.4% bigger than previously estimated, partners in the field said on Sunday.

Drilling platform of the Leviathan natural gas field.

Drilling platform of the Leviathan natural gas field. – Photo: Albatross

Based on an updated analysis by consultant Netherland Sewall & Associates, the reserves’ “best estimate” was increased to 21.93 trillion cubic feet (620 billion cubic meters) from 18.91 tcf. The high estimate was raised by 10% to 26.52 tcf, while the low estimate was increased by 11% to 16.58 tcf.

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Egyptian minister approves importing of Israeli gas – “no longer taboo”

Egyptian Petroleum Minister says there is no longer ’embarrassment’ in Egypt importing Israeli gas, given Egypt’s economic situation & interests.


The Egyptian petroleum minister said Wednesday he is fine with allowing British BG Group to import gas from Israel, Daily News Egypt reported.


An Israeli gas platform in the Mediterranean Sea, February 25, 2013. – Photo: Reuters

“As the minister of petroleum, I remain of the opinion that there is no problem in letting BG Group import Israeli gas to protect Egypt from international fines and arbitration,” said Sherif Ismail. He noted the company has yet to ask for government approval to start importing gas, according to the Egyptian daily.

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